Work on one motor handy for another
BRIAN Pettit sees a few similarities between a lifetime of work as a ships engineer and his motorcar racing hobby.
Pettit spent 15 years at sea, a role son and pit crew member David Pettit now fulfils.
"Motorsport has been a hobby since I was a young bloke," Pettit said.
"This is automotive just like the ships. I like working with my hands and making things for the car as best I can," Pettit said.
"I just want to make sure the car goes as best as it can."
He drives a Westfield Clubman with a 1600cc Toyota motor which reaches a speed of approximately 200kmh.
At the weekend, he had a pit crew of two - Geoff Cahill, a family friend for more than 50 years, and son David Pettit.
Two of his sons are ships engineers and one works in quality assurance in the ship repair industry so all are aware of the importance of keeping the motors turning, whether at sea or on the track.
"The car went well this weekend," he said.
"I love the speed and working on the car."
Many weekends of the year, he puts his car on a trailer and heads to Morgan Park Raceway, Queensland Raceway or Lakeside and once a year to the Leyburn Sprints.
"I will be back for more meetings at Morgan Park this year," Pettit said.
"This is a wonderful circuit and very enjoyable to drive on.
"The organisation and people here are great."
After two weeks of action at Morgan Park Raceway, the season hots up again in the next fortnight with the first two rounds of the Queensland Super Sprints Championships.
The A-series drivers are on track for round 1 this weekend and B-series drivers on March 9-10.